Reading Comprehension Test

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Appropriate For New Applicants
Existing Employees
Comprehensiveness Basic
Administration Time - 30 min
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Scoring Options Internet icon
Language English
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Purpose: This test assesses reading comprehension for typical written materials found in many companies.

When To Use It: This test should be used when employees are expected to be able to read and interpret training materials, MSDS information, company policies, customer correspondence, company memos.

Target Group: We recommend using this test for a wide range of positions from entry-level associates to supervisory personnel.

High Scorers: People scoring high on this test demonstrate good comprehension of what they read and they make reasonable judgements and decisions based on what has been communicated in the written documents. High scorers are also fast readers, so they have little difficulty with written materials. They tend to make use of available written materials so that they can be well informed about pertinent information in the company. High scorers respond well to formal training.They also solve problems on their own because they can access written information in policy manuals and equipment instructions.

Low Scorers: People scoring low on the Reading Comprehension Test may not be able to grasp written materials very well, or they may be very slow to comprehend print matter. Consequently, they tend not to put much time or effort into reading company documents, thus they often remain ignorant of information that managers feel has already been communicated. Low scorers tend to rely on others to solve problems, lacking the resources to solve new or non-standard problems, they ask more experienced people for answers they could have obtained on their own.

Number of Items: 6 passages with 4-6 questions each

Time Limits: 16 minutes

Validity: On average, this test is significantly related r=.28** with ability to get along with co-workers;
r=.21* with overall performance; r=.37** with ability to learn; r=.36** with reasoning ability ;r=.24* with skills competence; r=.28** with openness to new learning; r=.29** overall performance rating.

Sample Items

Most auto mechanics advise allowing your car to idle for only about 30 seconds --even on cold mornings. Racing or idling a cold car (one that hasn't run for at least four hours) causes as much as 90 percent of all mechanical wear in the engine. The main reason for the wear is that very little lubrication is flowing yet and the metal parts rub against each other and begin to wear out. Idling also uses gas unnecessarily.

Sample Questions:

1. What % of engine wear is caused by idling a cold car?
2. When starting your engine in the morning, how long should you allow it to idle?
3. Why does idling a cold car cause engine wear?


1. 90%
2. About 30 seconds
3. Because only a little lubrication is flowing and the metal parts rub against each other.

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